Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The importance of timing

God's timing
TODAY'S SPECIAL: Esther 5:1-14

"So Esther answered, 'If it pleases the king, let the king and Haman come today to the banquet that I have prepared for him.' .... Let the king and Haman come to the banquet which I will prepare for them, and tomorrow I will do as the king has said.'" - Esther 5:4,8

Marriage experts stress the importance of good timing. It's a good idea, they say for example, to make sure your husband is well fed and comfortable before you introduce him to the kitchen reno you're dreaming of.

I don't know how much of Esther's double banquet plan was Persian custom or wife's intuition but it is obvious that God used the extra day to get more things into place. Haman's gallows, and Ahasuerus's sleepless night both played important parts in the event's outcome.

Ecclesiastes says, "...a wise man's heart discerns both time and judgment, because for every matter there is a time and judgment" - Ecclesiastes 8:5,6.

Do we have the wisdom to discern, and the faith and patience to use the powerful principle of good timing and, even more important, to wait for God's timing?

PRAYER: Dear God, as someone who lives in a fast-paced culture, I easily give in to impulse and impatience. Please give me discernment about timing and the patience and faith to wait for You to work when I'm not sure about what to do. Amen.

MORE:  Wisdom about timing

"To everything there is a season
A time for every purpose under heaven ....
A time to keep silence
And a time to speak..." Ecclesiastes 3:1,7.

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